January 31, 2008

Finished cloche from German vintage block #3102

Filed under: German vintage hat block #3102,Millinery projects — Cristina de Prada @ 6:45 pm

The finished cloche!The hat is finished!I don’t know what you think… what do you think? My mom thinks it’s too plain like this and it needs “something”, but I cannot think of what to add there because the shape is really nice and after all it’s all about the shape with this hat. I’m open to suggestions!Here are other views of the hat:Top view of the cloche Right side of hatLeft side of cloche Inside of cloche with new cheapo woven label


  1. It’s lovely! And you are right it is all about the shape. You may want to think about feathers on the feather shape at front of hat. These can be stitched or (oh horror!) glued on (if pads). Just a thought to play with. I often have to muse for awhile before finding the perfect finishing touch. Love the color and shape. I’m sure you will find the perfect finish.
    K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — February 1, 2008 @ 12:46 am

  2. I’m with Kate. It IS all about the shape. Muse about it for awhile. One thought I had was a series of C shapes going up the front “feather”, sort of like waves OR a twisted piece of the left over hat felt, to act as the center of the feather. Maybe black bugel bead strung to look like the feather center?

    Right now I just like it “as it”. I would just want to appreciate the scultural qualities for a bit. It is a beautiful block, and you did a fabulous job. I am so jealous. Our weather right now is cold enough actually wear felt, and I avoid doing felt work because there are so few cold days to wear felt hats. I’s love a crack at using that block on parasisol.

    Comment by Jill — February 1, 2008 @ 2:57 am

  3. I love it as it is, I love the shape. Its fab!

    Comment by Cath — February 1, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  4. I love the shape of this hat. It’s eye-catching & fun.

    A simple hat pin in either black or silver might be just be the thing that will make your Mom happy. I wouldn’t dress it up too much more than that. It would pull the eye away from the shape.

    Comment by Marie — February 1, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

  5. I think Marie has HIT on it! You could even use a feather pin. I know you have quite a collection of brooches to choose from. Go for it! K Q:-)

    Comment by Kate — February 2, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  6. Thanks for the comments! I did think about making my own fether pad (which would be a first for me), I will keep on thinking about it and let you know what (if anything) I do about it!

    Comment by cristinadeprada — February 2, 2008 @ 4:42 pm

  7. It’s fabulous. So is your site. Miss J is linking to it.

    Comment by Miss Janey — February 3, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

  8. Estás muy guapa! El color es perfecto. Yo no pondría pluma porque sabes que las odio. ¿Tal vez un alfiler?

    Comment by Helena — February 3, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  9. I found your blog through another blog, and I’ve been watching to see how this hat turned out. It’s amazing. I don’t think it needs any embellishment.

    Comment by Min — February 4, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  10. I like it like that, plain.

    Less is more.

    Comment by cristinadeprada — February 4, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

  11. Dear Cristina,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I just am enchanted by the gorgeous hat you have made. You are a tango loving hatteress! How wonderful.

    I love hats myself and tend to the more ornamented ones but thought you might enjoy them. The first link has a link to the Etsy shop of someone who makes wonderful hats.

    I look forward to reading more about your hats…and tango, of course.

    Comment by tangobaby — February 6, 2008 @ 1:48 am

  12. guapísima!
    y el sombrero es delicioso

    Comment by emedemarta — April 7, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  13. ciao Cristina,
    trovo che il cappello ti stia d’incanto e il colore è fantastico!Mi piace molto calzato proprio fino a coprire tutta la fronte; così lo si rende attuale.
    Complimenti per il tuo sito e blog…. ho un solo rimpianto: non averti scoperto prima!! 🙂
    Ma ora ti seguirò attentamente…
    Una domanda : dove trovi quelle asticelle da fissare nelle pieghe del cappello? anch’io ho parecchie forme di legno antiche e non riesco a fissare bene con gli spilli.
    …e un consiglio: sono autodidatta e cerco nozioni basi per fare cappelli con un po’ più di precisione…
    Spero che la corrispondenza in italiano non sia un problema ( io traduco con google le tue conversazioni in inglese).
    ciao, ti auguro una creativa giornata

    Comment by claudia — July 11, 2012 @ 9:00 am

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